Aston Villa youngster Easah Suliman talks about Cheltenham Town loan move

England's Easah Suliman

The 18-year-old defender has joined the League Two side on a deal until 2 January.

England's Easah Suliman

Aston Villa youngster Easah Suliman is set to enjoy his first taste of senior football over the coming months, having joined League Two side Cheltenham Town on a half-season loan.

The 18-year-old defender, who can play anywhere across the backline, arrived at the newly-promoted club on Thursday on a deal until 2 January and could make his professional debut in Saturday’s season opener at home to Leyton Orient.

Speaking to Cheltenham’s official website about the move, Suliman said: “I’m very excited. I can’t wait to get started. I had my first day today, enjoyed it, met the lads, met the coaching staff and can’t wait for the weekend.

“Obviously they got promoted last season and I just automatically assumed there would be a feel-good factor here after winning the [National League]. Hopefully they can take momentum into this season as well.”

Suliman, who has captained England at both Under-17 and Under-18 level, has been on Villa’s books since the age of eight and signed his first professional contract with the club in January 2015 until 2017 after reportedly attracting interest from Bayern Munich and Liverpool [h/t Daily Mail].

The highly-rated teenager has yet to feature for the first-team but was a key player for the Under-21s last term, making 15 total appearances, and began training with the senior squad on a regular basis during Remi Garde’s time in charge.

Prior to that, he was named as an unused substitute for last August’s 5-3 Capital One Cup win over Notts County by predecessor Tim Sherwood and, more recently, has impressed new boss Roberto Di Matteo enough to earn a handful of preseason run-outs.

Aston Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo

The Moseley native certainly looks to have an extremely bright future in B6, and with the chance now to earn some vital Football League experience, he is hoping that his spell with Cheltenham can help better prepare him for what’s in store at Villa further along the line.

“I’ve recently just been training with the first-team a bit and playing in a couple of preseason friendlies as well,” Suliman told ctfc.com. “But I’ve not really broken in yet so hopefully this loan deal will do me well.

“There’s a difference between playing Under-21s football and playing in the Football League where you’re competing for something every single game. You have to be competitive week in, week out and that’s what I’m looking forward to.

“I’ve seen a couple of videos of how the Cheltenham lads play and what their philosophies are, so I’ve just got to buy into that as quickly as possible and show the gaffer that I’m good enough to be here.”

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